Sen. Thad Cochran visits Hinds CC students, faculty

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Sen. Thad Cochran visits Hinds CC students, faculty
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02 September

Sen. Thad Cochran visits Hinds CC students, faculty

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran visited Hinds Community College Tuesday, Sept. 2, to connect with students, faculty and alumni.

He addressed a crowd of about 100 people in the lobby of Cain-Cochran Hall, named after his parents, Emma Grace and W.H. Cochran, Hinds alumni who were educators in Pontotoc, Tippah, and Hinds counties.

“I feel at home here,” he said. “My parents cared deeply about education and its importance. There is nothing more important than having access to quality teaching and institutions of higher learning that care about each and every one of their students.”

Sen. Cochran is amongst other members of Congress spending the last week of the summer recess visiting with constituents in their home state.

“Our students were eager for the opportunity to meet and speak with Sen. Cochran, and he was gracious in his response to the many photos they requested,” said Colleen Hartfield, vice president for Community Relations.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse spoke about Sen. Cochran’s commitment to provide federal support, particularly financial aid, for community college students.

“I am really glad that I got to meet him. As the recipient of the scholarship named in honor of his parents, I was able to personally thank him for the help,” said Sherra Lum, a sophomore student from Port Gibson. “It’s great that he made a stop at Hinds.”

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Hinds CC’s Gamma Lambda chapter of PTK receives top honors
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22 August

Hinds CC’s Gamma Lambda chapter of PTK receives top honors

The Hinds Community College Raymond Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa won top honors by being named Most Distinguished Chapter in the Mississippi/Louisiana region in March. The chapter also placed number nine in the nation out of 1,350 chapters this April at the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in higher education, focuses activities on the hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, and service.  Students who have a 3.5 cumulative GPA on at least 12 college-transfer credits at Hinds are eligible to join.  Each Hinds campus has its own PTK chapter.

On Aug. 15 and 16, advisors and student officers of the Raymond Campus Gamma Lambda chapter completed an overnight strategic planning retreat at Wilsonwood Lodge in Vicksburg.  Advisors who direct this group include, (seated) Dr. Johannah Williams of Byram, Physical Sciences chair; Amber King of Raymond, English instructor; Debbie McCollum of Clinton, Honors Institute dean; Dr. Ben Cloyd of Jackson, Honors Program director/ history instructor; and, (not pictured) Jack Hite of Raymond, academic counselor.

Student officers pictured (back row, standing, from left) are Jonathan Bethea of Edwards, Makensey Sanders of Clinton, Natalie Minton of Terry, Olivia Hall of Jackson, Mary Harvey of Forest, Edward Williams of Raymond, Shane Savannah of Edwards, Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs, Emilee Ware of Byram, and Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa and the Hinds Honors Institute, call Cheryl Bozeman at 601.857.3837/3531 or visit

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Hinds CC to rename buildings to recognize distinguished current, former employees
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21 August

Hinds CC to rename buildings to recognize distinguished current, former employees

Hinds Community College will rename three buildings on the Utica and Vicksburg-Warren Campuses this fall in honor of three distinguished current and former college employees.

The Utica Campus will rename two buildings at 2 p.m. Thursday Sept. 25. The Fine Arts Building on the Utica Campus will be renamed the Dr. Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center, after the chairman of the Humanities Division and coordinator of music and art. He is best known as the director of the renowned Jubilee Singers.

The building that housed the band for Hinds Agricultural High School on the Utica Campus will be renamed the Louis Edward Leon Lee Building after the former band instructor and director.

The Multi-Purpose Building at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus will be renamed the Joseph L. Loviza Building at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, after the former Vicksburg Campus dean and Hinds Community College Foundation member.

Dr. Bobby G. Cooper, a native of Bolton, has provided service and leadership to the Utica Campus and the Utica community for more than four decades. Best known as the director of the Jubilee Singers, Cooper is credited with re-establishing the preeminence of the historical African-American spiritual vocal group that traces its roots to the 1920s.

Among his many recognitions are the five-time Academic Instructor of the Year award, Distinguished Academic Instructor, Life Star Award, Hinds Hero, Hinds Humanities Teacher Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award, and the 3E Award (Emphasis on Excellence and Enrichment)—the highest award given by the college. He has also been honored by the Mississippi Legislature as an outstanding faculty member with the Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence Instructor (HEADWAE).

Louis Edward Leon Lee, a native of Hazlehurst, began his tenure at Utica Institute in 1953, immediately after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in music at the Jackson College for Negro Teachers (now Jackson State University). He was a member of the Jackson College band and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. His career spanned 39 years as the music teacher and band director at Hinds Agricultural High School. Other than a brief sabbatical to serve his country in the U.S. Army, Lee served Hinds Agricultural High School, the Utica Campus and the entire Utica community well until his retirement in 1992.

Joe Loviza is a 1960 graduate of Hinds Community College and was the first employee of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, serving for 20 years. Loviza began his career with the Vicksburg Warren School System as Director of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education. When the college began providing secondary vo-tech training in 1973, Loviza was employed to serve as the director, and later, dean, of the center. The center expanded to offer post-secondary classes and in 2002 was officially named the Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

Loviza served as Mayor of the City of Vicksburg, 1993-97. After his retirement, he continued to support the city by serving on numerous boards and committees, including the Vicksburg Warren School District Board.  Loviza remains a loyal supporter of the college, working within the Alumni Association and as a contributor to the Hinds Community College Foundation.

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Hinds CC art students accepted to competition
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13 August

Hinds CC art students accepted to competition

Four Hinds Community College art students were accepted to the annual People’s Choice Art Competition at the Meridian Museum of Art in July. They submitted original pieces of art, which they created during their art courses at Hinds’ Raymond Campus.

The students who were accepted, and the titles of their sculptures, were Morgan Ainsworth of Vicksburg, Not for Soup; Linda Beasley of Utica, Summer Plaid; Breana Watkins of Edwards, High Heel Classic; and Christena Wiebe of Clinton, Teapot.

The People’s Choice Competition includes works under the categories of mixed media, watercolor, oil, photography, acrylic, D-P-P (drawing, pastel, and printmaking), other, and Best in Show. This annual competition allows the community to vote and decide which work of art will win in each of the eight categories with cash prizes being awarded to the winners of each category.

One additional student, Megan White of Clinton, has been accepted to the Annual Bi-State Art Competition at the Meridian Museum of Art, running August 20 – October 18. The Bi-state is a juried exhibition offering over $3,000 in awards and prizes including the $1,000 Best of Show Award. The purpose of the exhibition is to showcase contemporary artists in Mississippi and Alabama and reward their efforts.

White’s sculpture is titled Bull in a China Shop. She was instructed to create a self-portrait which could be human, animal or a combination of the two. The bust is a human torso with a bull head and is made of clay, and the surface is encaustic, or colored wax. The arm is a plaster cast made from a mold of her arm. The surface is covered in encaustic and shellac, and her hand holds a teacup.

For more information on Hinds Community College’s art program, visit


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Hinds CC’s Utica Campus receives new deans
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08 August

Hinds CC’s Utica Campus receives new deans

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus recently added two new positions: Kanisha Shelton accepted the title of Dean of Career and Technical Education, and Dr. Mitchell Shears accepted the title of dean of academics.

Shelton is an Alcorn State University graduate, with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, bringing years of career experience in the educational field to the college.

Shelton has her specialist degree in educational leadership from Mississippi State University and is currently working on her doctorate in school administration, also from MSU.

She has worked as a classroom teacher for Leland public schools, an academic and vocational counselor at Coahoma AHS, a curriculum coordinator and professional development coordinator for schools, director of career technical education at Clarksdale schools, adjunct instructor at Coahoma Community College, and has her own educational consulting business.

“It has long been a dream of mine to serve as a dean of career and technical education,” she said. “I want to prepare students for the workforce.”

Some of Shelton’s current day-to-day duties include data analysis, coordinating professional development for faculty and staff, coordinating student activities, recruitment and retention, and developing relationships within the community.

“My main focus is to prepare hopeful, committed and competent students that are ready to go into the workforce,” she said. “I also want to increase our enrollment and see 100 percent job placement.”

Shelton resides in Clarksdale.

Shears is no stranger to the Utica Campus. In fact, his first job was a part-time gig as a Utica Campus custodian.

“It’s so neat to be back here again – going from custodian to dean,” he said. “That custodial job meant so much to me. It was my very first job and taught me so much.”

Shears received his bachelor’s degree in mass communications and master’s degree in elementary education from Alcorn State University. He also has a specialist degree in educational leadership and his educational doctorate from Mississippi College.

After receiving his first degree, Shears spent two years working public relations for Alcorn State, taught fourth and fifth grade in the Jackson school district, then moved to the central office as an instructional specialist. He served as principal of two elementary schools in Jackson before moving to executive director of 19 schools.

As dean of academics, Shears will begin his new position working to make sure each student gets the most out of their time at Hinds.

“I am so happy to be here,” he said. “I want to spend my time making sure every student gets a quality education.”

Shears was born in Jackson and raised in Utica. He currently resides in Pearl.

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Annual Hollingsworth gospel concert to benefit scholarship fund
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16 July

Annual Hollingsworth gospel concert to benefit scholarship fund

The tenth annual Hollingsworth Gospel Concert, which benefits the Robert Wallace Hollingsworth Family Law Enforcement Scholarship at Hinds Community College, will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 in Hogg Auditorium of Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

The benefit concert was first started in 2004 to help raise funds for the Mike Hollingsworth, a Warren County Deputy Sherriff who was injured in the line of duty. The family saw such great success with the event that they decided to make it a tradition. Currently, all proceeds from the benefit go to the Hollingsworth Family Law Enforcement Scholarship, which ultimately helps a deserving Hinds student attend college.

The family’s scholarship is dedicated to five Hollingsworth men, all serving in some capacity in the field of law enforcement. The student receiving the scholarship must be majoring in criminal justice.

This year’s concert line-up includes the Born Again Quartet from Byram, Jack Hollingsworth from Utica, Gloryland Quartet from Brookhaven, Potter’s Clay Quartet from Houston and Carl Hollingsworth from Byram.

The concert is open to the public and the cost is donation only.

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Hinds CC offers ‘Tuesday with a Twist’ registration events
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20 June

Hinds CC offers ‘Tuesday with a Twist’ registration events

Hinds Community College will be hosting special registration events, called “Tuesday with a Twist,” on June 24 and July 1. The June 24 event will be held at the Rankin Campus, located on Highway 80 in Pearl, and the July 1 event will be held on the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center located on Sunset Drive in Jackson.

The events will offer extended registration hours for summer and fall classes, free food and prizes. Students can speak with instructors and financial aid representatives, make payment arrangements, and get their student IDs. All students who register for classes at “Tuesday with a Twist” will get a free T-shirt.

Sign up for one of these Tuesday’s:

Tuesday, June 24

3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Rankin Campus

3805 Hwy 80 East – Pearl, MS


Tuesday, July 1

3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center

3925 Sunset Drive – Jackson, MS


Before attending, be sure to take care of the following:

  • Submit a complete application for admission to Hinds Community College
  • First-time freshmen:  submit to the Office of Admissions your official ACT scores – OR bring a copy with you.  (If you have not had the ACT, you may take the COMPASS).
  • College-transfers:  submit to the Office of Admissions the official transcript from the last college you attended, showing at least one Math and English class – OR bring a copy with you.

For more information about Tuesday with a Twist, please call 1-800-HINDSCC or email You can also visit


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May16 ceremonies close out record number of Hinds CC graduates
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16 May

May16 ceremonies close out record number of Hinds CC graduates


The Bates siblings gather before the graduation ceremony where Carlie and Kayla Bates received their associate degrees. From left are Jackie Granberry, vice president for Advancement and Student Success, Patrick Bates, current Hinds CC student on the Raymond Campus, Carlie Bates, Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Community College president, Kayla Bates, Kristin Bates, current Hinds CC student on the Rankin Campus, and Dr. Sue Powell, vice president for both the Rankin and Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. The Bates family is from Pisgah.

The Bates siblings gather before the graduation ceremony where Carlie and Kayla Bates received their associate degrees. From left are Jackie Granberry, vice president for Advancement and Student Success, Patrick Bates, current Hinds CC student on the Raymond Campus, Carlie Bates, Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Community College president, Kayla Bates, Kristin Bates, current Hinds CC student on the Rankin Campus, and Dr. Sue Powell, vice president for both the Rankin and Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. The Bates family is from Pisgah.

For Carlie and Kayla Bates, twin sisters, getting an education wasn’t a simple task. The siblings, along with their additional brother and sister, Patrick and Kristin, who are current Hinds CC students, had to work to pay their way through college. On Friday, May 16, the sisters celebrated their accomplishments by walking across the stage of Hogg Auditorium in Cain-Cochran Hall and receiving their diplomas.


“It took a while to find the right school for us,” said Carlie Bates. “But Hinds was definitely it. Our family is so appreciative of everything we’ve experienced here.”


Both Carlie and Kayla were students on the Rankin Campus. Their brother, Patrick, is a Hinds Connection student on the Raymond Campus, and their sister, Kristen, is a freshman on the Rankin Campus.


The Bates are among a record number of Hinds graduates this spring. Preliminary figures show that nearly 1,500 degrees and certificates were awarded in a record-setting seven ceremonies spread over three days. Of those, 250 achieved summa cum laude, a 4.0 grade point average; 146, magna cum laude, 3.6 to 3.99 GPA;  and 50, cum laude, 3.2 to 3.59 GPA.


But those numbers don’t even tell the whole story. For the academic year that includes graduations in August and December 2013, preliminary data show Hinds is awarding 2,747 total degrees or other credentials to 2,257 students, some of whom have earned more than one credential, such as a career or technical certificate.


That’s a 22 percent increase in number of credentials over the 2013 academic year and a 9.6 percent increase in the number of students receiving credentials.


“Four years ago, we set out with a goal in mind, and that was to graduate a higher percentage of our students,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “Many students were completing their coursework, but they planned on transferring to a university so they didn’t see an associate degree to graduate as important. But there is a lot of direct evidence that shows the opposite of that, that it is very important.”


Muse said education has become even more important “for upward mobility, good jobs and to be able to make a good living to take care of their families in the future.”


Robert Graham, Hinds County District 1 Supervisor and speaker for the 8:30 a.m. ceremony, spoke to graduates from a unique perspective.


“I speak to you as a fellow graduate of this special place,” he said. “My education has been 30 years in the making, and it’s taught me two very important things: It’s never too late to go back to school, and it’s now how or when you start, but how you finish, that counts.”


Graham went on to ask the graduating class of 2014 a very important question.


“Are you ready?” he asked. “Are you ready to handle adversity; to persevere; to stay motivated and enthusiastic; to choose to live life to the fullest; to make changes; to be useful; to excel; to be humble; and to run towards success instead of walk towards it? I know the answer to this question. We are ready. We are absolutely ready!”


Malcolm White, director of tourism for the Mississippi Development Authority, spoke to graduates during the noon and 3:30 ceremonies.


“James Meredith once said ‘Mississippi is the most powerful word in the English language,” said Malcolm. “Mississippi is indeed a powerful word and a powerful place. You – the class of 2014 – has every opportunity to live, work, learn and play here, and thrive while doing it. The time is right for your generation to create the new Mississippi, to rethink Mississippi, and I think one of the best ways to do that is through the creative economy. You are our future. You are the new Mississippi. You are our best hope.”


The Utica Campus graduation ceremony, which also includes Hinds Agricultural High School, will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, in the J.D. Boyd Gymnasium. Congressman Bennie Thompson is the speaker. It’s the last joint graduation for the Utica Campus and Hinds Agricultural High School.

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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus to host College Night
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13 May

Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus to host College Night

Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus will host a College Night from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13. The event, originally scheduled in April, was rescheduled due to weather concerns.

The event will allow both high school students and adults to explore at that Hinds has to offer.  Guests can learn about admissions, scholarships, financial aid, majors and more; speak with faculty and staff members; apply and register for summer and fall classes; and enjoy free food and prizes.

The event is come-and-go style. Those interested in attending should register online at  or call 1.800.HINDSCC for more information.

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Hinds CC announces 2014-15 Hi-Steppers
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08 May

Hinds CC announces 2014-15 Hi-Steppers

The Hinds Community College Hi-Steppers have been announced for the 2014-2015 school year.

They are front, from left:  Natalya Burton, Jackson; Anney Pearson, Brandon; Alyssa Vernon, Richland; Brianne Johnston, Pearl (captain); Bekah Summerlin, Pearl (lead captain); Kaylee Scroggins, Brandon (captain); Kasey Kimery, Pearl; Sarah Thames, Pearl; Brooke Vernon, Richland; and Shelby Byrd, Florence.  Second row, from left:  Taylor Bobo, Florence; Caitlyn Embry, Clinton; Lindsey Jeselink, Clinton; Jessica Decell, Clinton; Meagan Barnhart, Florence; Symphonia Harris, Jackson; Brooke Barnes, Pearl; Brielle Davis, Terry; and Chelby McBee, Raymond.

For more information, visit or contact director Angela Hite at 601.857.3346 or email

For 61 years the Hinds Hi-Steppers have upheld a history of excellence serving as one of the oldest precision dance lines in the nation. They have performed for audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe. The Hi-Steppers perform at football games, exhibitions, parades, and community and charitable events. Known as Mississippi’s Goodwill Ambassadors, the dancers have given their time and energy to many worthy causes.

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